Installation and Upgrade Downgrade Windows 11 Pro for Workstations to Windows 11 Pro


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You can directly downgrade your device from Windows 11 Pro for Workstations to the Windows 11 Pro edition by just changing the product key.

Downgrading to Windows 11 Pro will result in the loss of features only available in the Windows 11 Pro for Workstation edition.

This tutorial will show you how to downgrade from Windows 11 Pro for Workstations to Windows 11 Pro without losing anything.


You must be signed in as an administrator to downgrade your edition of Windows 11.



Contents

  • Option One: Downgrade Windows 11 Pro for Workstations to Windows 11 Pro in Settings
  • Option Two: Downgrade Windows 11 Pro for Workstations to Windows 11 Pro using Command




Option One

Downgrade Windows 11 Pro for Workstations to Windows 11 Pro in Settings


1 Open Settings (Win+I).

2 Click/tap on System on the left side, and click/tap on Activation on the right side. (see screenshot below)


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3 Click/tap on Change next to Change product key. (see screenshot below)

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4 Enter your 25-character Windows 11 Pro product key, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

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5 Click/tap on Activate when ready to downgrade to Windows 11 Pro. (see screenshot below)

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6 Click/tap on Close. (see screenshot below)

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7 You will now be running Windows 11 Pro. (see screenshots below)

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Option Two

Downgrade Windows 11 Pro for Workstations to Windows 11 Pro using Command


1 Open Windows Terminal (Admin), and select either Windows PowerShell or Command Prompt.

2 Type the command below into Windows Terminal (Admin), and press Enter. (see screenshot below)

slmgr /ipk product key

Substitute product key in the command above with your 25-character Windows 11 Pro product key with dashes.

For example: slmgr /ipk XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX


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3 Click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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4 You can now close Windows Terminal (Admin) if you like.


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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SIW2

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Is there much demand for that?
 

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Is there much demand for that?

I wouldn't think so, but it could be handy for those that just wanted to check out Pro for Workstation with a generic key, then downgrade back to Pro when done playing.
 

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    Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
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    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
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    i7-1065G7 3.9 GHz
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    16 GB LPDDR4-3200
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You can switch between all of the Windows 10/11 editions above Home just by changing product keys. You just can't go from Pro to Home by changing the product key.
 

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    Intel i7-8550U
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What if you don't have a Pro key, only a digital licence?
 

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What if you don't have a Pro key, only a digital licence?
You can switch editions by using the generic keys. If you are on line when you try to do so, then it will check to see if you have a digital licence for the edition you are switching to. If you do it will switch and be activated, if not it won't let you switch.

If you want to switch just to test an edition that you don't have a digital licence for, then disconnect from the internet first so that it skips the licence checks. When you reconnect it will of course not be activated. That's when you'll need a tutorial like this to switch back to your licensed edition when done.
 

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    fully 'Windows 11 ready' laptop. Windows 10 C: partition migrated from my old unsupported 'main machine' then upgraded to 11. A test migration ran Insider builds for 2 months. When 11 was released on 5th October it was re-imaged back to 10 and was offered the upgrade in Windows Update on 20th October.

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    unsupported machine: Legacy bios, MBR, TPM 1.2, upgraded from W10 to W11 using W10/W11 hybrid install media workaround.

    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB ssd, Windows 11 Pro.

    My SYSTEM FOUR is a 2-in-1 convertible Lenovo Yoga 11e 20DA, Celeron N2930, 4GB RAM, 128GB ssd. Unsupported device: currently running Win10 Pro, plus Win11 Pro 22H2 RTM as a native boot vhdx.

BrianInEngland

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You can switch editions by using the generic keys. If you are on line when you try to do so, then it will check to see if you have a digital licence for the edition you are switching to. If you do it will switch and be activated, if not it won't let you switch.

If you want to switch just to test an edition that you don't have a digital licence for, then disconnect from the internet first so that it skips the licence checks. When you reconnect it will of course not be activated. That's when you'll need a tutorial like this to switch back to your licensed edition when done.
It was only hypothetical but that's good to know. Not that I intend to ever buy a Workstation licence anyway!
 

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It was only hypothetical but that's good to know. Not that I intend to ever buy a Workstation licence anyway!
Me neither, but I have tested switching from Home to Pro. The upgrade is easy, just change the key. But as @NavyLCDR points out the downgrade from Pro to Home is the only one that is a lot more complicated. Fortunately Brink has a tutorial for that too which I have used successfully.
 

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    AMD Athlon Silver 3050U
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    Radeon Graphics
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    laptop screen
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    1366x768 native resolution, up to 2560x1440 with Radeon Virtual Super Resolution
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung EVO 870 SSD
    Browser
    Edge, Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender
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    fully 'Windows 11 ready' laptop. Windows 10 C: partition migrated from my old unsupported 'main machine' then upgraded to 11. A test migration ran Insider builds for 2 months. When 11 was released on 5th October it was re-imaged back to 10 and was offered the upgrade in Windows Update on 20th October.

    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB ssd, Windows 11 Pro.

    My SYSTEM FOUR is a 2-in-1 convertible Lenovo Yoga 11e 20DA, Celeron N2930, 4GB RAM, 128GB ssd. Unsupported device: currently running Win10 Pro, plus Win11 Pro 22H2 RTM as a native boot vhdx.
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    Dell Lattitude E4310
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    0T6M8G
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    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB ssd, Windows 11 Pro.

    My SYSTEM FOUR is a 2-in-1 convertible Lenovo Yoga 11e 20DA, Celeron N2930, 4GB RAM, 128GB ssd. Unsupported device: currently running Win10 Pro, plus Win11 Pro 22H2 RTM as a native boot vhdx.

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What if you don't have a Pro key, only a digital licence?
You could try the generic pro key

 

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    CPU
    i5-8400
    Motherboard
    ga b75m ds3h
    Memory
    2x8gb 3200mhz
    Graphics Card(s)
    no thanks
    Hard Drives
    yes
    PSU
    bequiet pure power 11 400CM
    Case
    some old thing
    Cooling
    cryorig m9i

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